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Gujarat, Himachal Assembly Counting Begins, Himachal Witnessing A ‘Sea-Saw Monotony’

The counting of votes for Assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh &  Gujarat have begun at 8 am on Thursday

New Delhi: In Himachal, there are 68 counting halls in 59 locations across the state. The hill state is currently encountering a sea-saw monotony in the elections.

The hill state witnessed an intense campaign with BJP trying to return to power for a second consecutive term and Congress backing on its ’10 guarantees’ that the party listed out in its manifesto to take them home. Alongside, the counting in Gujarat began at 37 centers in 33 districts. The counting for both states has begun since 8 am today.

Himachal Pradesh’s Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Maneesh Garg said that 10,000 duty staff including the security personnel have been deployed as part of security arrangements in Himachal Pradesh. While, Gujarat Chief Electoral Officer P Bharathi said that 182 counting observers, 182 election officers and 494 assistant election officers will be on duty for the counting process.

Also, Read: UP: Counting Of Votes For Mainpuri Lok Sabha, 6 Assembly Seats Begins

Earlier on December 1 and 5, Assembly elections in Gujarat were held in two phases.
The approximate voter turnout in Gujarat by the end of the second phase of the Gujarat elections was recorded at 59.11 per cent.

Speaking of Himachal Pradesh both BJP and Congress have claimed victory in the state which has had a tradition of changing governments for the past several years.

While most exit polls predicted that BJP will likely retain Himachal Pradesh, one exit poll predicted Congress to lead and form the government in the hill state.

As of now, Congress is taking a lead with 34 seats in Himachal whereas BJP seamlessly is sweeting the Gujarat Elections with a 144 seats. Chief minister Jai Ram Thakur is leading by 3,763 votes from Seraj constituency.

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